Marne L. Kilates has published three books of poetry, Children of the Snarl(Aklat Peskador, 1987), Poems en Route (UST Publishing House, 1998), andMostly in Monsoon Weather (UP Press, 2007), and nine books of translation of Filipino poetry into English. His translations include works by major Filipino poets, the latest of which are the University of the Philippines Centennial Edition of Francisco Balagtas’ Florante at Laura , and National Artist Virgilio S. Almario’s (or Rio Alma’s) Mga Biyahe, Mga Estasyon / Journeys, Junctions (Anvil, 2008).
Among his other translations are Gagamba sa Uhay / Spider on a Stalk, a collection of Haiku by Rogelio G. Mangahas (C & E Publishing, 2006), Sonetos Postumos by Rio Alma (University of the Philippines Press, 2006), Isang Sariling Panahon / A Time of One’s Own, a collection of Rio Alma’s poems in the traditional Tagalog short verse forms (Aklat Peskador/NCCA 2008), Gitara by Jesus Manuel Santiago (Akasya Books, 1997), and Maguindanao Folktales, a translation of oral literature (Phoenix Publishing House, 1993).
Kilates was educated in the province, at the Divine Word College in Legazpi City , and has attended the Silliman and U.P.Writers’ workshops. He is a member of the Board of the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL), and an Associate Fellow of the Philippine Literary Arts Council (PLAC). He has won several Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for his poetry, the Manila Critics Circle National Book Awards for his poetry and translation, and the 1998 SEA ( Southeast Asia ) WRITE Award given by the Thai royalty.
Kilates is also an active user of the new medium of the Internet, and publishes and edits the online poetry & art magazine called Poet’s Picturebook, athttp://marnezine2.blogspot.com/ , and his own website, All Our Nameable Days,at http://nameabledays.jimdo.com/ where his new and past works, and his translations, may be sampled.